Degrees

Discovery FFA Degree

To be eligible to receive the Discovery FFA Degree from a chapter, the member must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in agricultural education class for at least a portion of the school year while in grades 7-8.
  2. Have become a dues paying member of the FFA at local, state and national levels.
  3. Participate in at least one local FFA chapter activity outside of scheduled class time.
  4. Have knowledge of agriculturally related career, ownership and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  5. Be familiar with the local FFA chapter program of activities.
  6. Submit written applications for the degree.

Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.


Greenhand FFA Degree

To be eligible to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications: - To be eligible to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.


Chapter FFA Degree

To be eligible to receive the Chapter FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications: - To be eligible to receive the Chapter FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Must have received the Greenhand FFA Degree.
  2. Must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, have in operation an approved supervised agricultural experience program, and be enrolled in an agricultural education course.
  3. Have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions in the chapter Program of Activities.
  4. Have earned and productively invested at least $150 by the member's own efforts or worked at least forty-five hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, and have developed plans for continued growth and improvement in a supervised agricultural experience program.
  5. Have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes.
  6. Have demonstrated five procedures of parliamentary law.
  7. Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.
  8. Have a satisfactory scholastic record.
  9. Submit a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree.

Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.


State FFA Degree

The State FFA Degree is the third highest degree a member may receive, and the highest that any state association may bestow on its members. The golden charm of the State FFA Degree is the symbol of growth and development in the members chosen occupation. The Constitution of the Kansas Association establishes minimum qualifications for election to the State FFA Degree:

  1. Must have held the Chapter FFA Degree preceding election to the State FFA Degree, have been an active member of the FFA for at least two years and have maintained and completed two consecutive calendar years of record books which would follow the recommendations set by the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE), and indicate participation in activities of the local chapter.
  2. Have completed the equivalent or at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program; if in high school, must be enrolled in an agriculture education course.
  3. Receive instruction in and demonstrate proficiency in at least ten parliamentary procedure motions, documented and signed by the chapter advisor and submitted with the application.
  4. Demonstrate leadership ability by giving at least a six minute oral presentation or speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA, and serving as an officer and/or committee chairperson or a participating member of a major committee.
  5. Have earned and productively invested at least $2,000 by his or her own efforts from a supervised agricultural experience program, or have worked (other than scheduled class time) as least 600 hours. The student may use a combination of both dollars and hours that equal the whole.
  6. Demonstrate leadership ability as evidenced by their leadership and cooperation in student, chapter, and community activities, and meet academic outcomes with an average of a "C" or better as defined by local superintendent or principal.
  7. Have participated in at least eight different kinds of activities above the chapter level, determined by a compiled checklist developed by each district and formulated by the state degree committee.
  8. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.

Applications for the State FFA Degree must be approved by the chapter advisor and submitted at the District Selection Day. Applications approved at the District Selection Day will then be forwarded on to the State FFA Office. The State Degree Selection Committee shall review the applicants and recommend those candidates meeting the minimum qualifications. Final approval of the candidates shall be given by the delegates present at the State FFA Convention.

For more information about how to apply for the state ffa degree and a history of winners please view the State Degree page.


American FFA Degree

American FFA Degree applications are due to the State FFA Office on or before February 15th.

The American FFA Degree is the highest level of membership you can achieve as an FFA member. This final step in the FFA degree system encourages you to grow and achieve personally toward establishing yourself in an agricultural career.

Before you can submit an application for the American FFA Degree, you must have received the preceding FFA degrees: Greenhand, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.

The American FFA Degree is a sign of great accomplishment among FFA members. Only a small percentage of FFA members ever earn the degree (the greatest percentage of members ever to receive the degree in one year was less than one half of one percent).

To advance to this degree requires commitment and a lot of hard work on your part. But you don't have to be a gifted student or live on a large farm or ranch to reach this goal. The FFA degree system is organized so that all FFA members, no matter where you are from, have an equal chance at obtaining the American FFA Degree. However, you must show progress in your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program to have a realistic chance at attaining this goal.

If you are a freshman or sophomore in high school, now is the time to set the goal and create a road map on how you plan to achieve the American FFA Degree. If you are already a junior or senior, you can determine just what you need to do to obtain the degree before your FFA years are completed. To receive the American FFA Degree, you must have maintained your FFA membership and have graduated at least 12 months prior to the national FFA convention at which the degree is to be granted. You may retain your membership in the FFA until November 30, following the fourth national FFA convention after you graduate from high school, but not beyond age 23.

Qualifications

FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree:

  1. Have received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.
  2. Have been FFA members for at least three years.
  3. Have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.)
  4. Have graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.
  5. Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.
  6. Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs.

    Effective Jan. 1, 2015: A student after entering agricultural education must have:
    1. Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or
    2. Have earned and productively invested at least $2,000 and worked 2,250 unpaid hours in excess of scheduled class time; Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56 plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.
  7. Have a record of outstanding leadership skills.
  8. Have completed at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to the paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.
  9. Have maintained a "C" grade average or better.

For more information about how to apply for the state ffa degree and a history of winners please view the American Degree page.